Rivers carry plastic debris into the sea

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Every year, millions of tonnes of plastic debris ends up in the sea – a global environmental problem with unforeseeable ecological consequences. The path taken by plastic to reach the sea must be elucidated before it will be possible to reduce the volume of plastic input. To date, there was only little information available on this. It has now been followed up by an interdisciplinary research team who were able to show that plastic debris is primarily carried into the sea by large rivers.

The researchers have also calculated that the ten river systems with the highest plastic loads (eight of them are in Asia and two in Africa) – areas in which hundreds of millions of people live, in some cases – are responsible for around 90 percent of the global input of plastic into the sea.

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2 thoughts on “Rivers carry plastic debris into the sea

  1. I was last fishing here, the Djoue Rapids, from the opposite (Brazzaville Congo) bank in the early 2000s. It used used to be pretty handy, mighty Goliath tigerfish territory for subssitence fishermen of the two opposing cities, but not now.

    https://youtu.be/C57IL8mBOPg

    Easy to feel First World virtuous when you see such stuff, but when many of my own, much-smaller, British rivers are just as bad – people hit the park in hot weather, throw their empty water or cola bottlea into or just onto the grassy bank of a tiny, no-nothing stream that they’ve been sat getting some summer rays beside….

    Flashback: “Flow river flow….”

    https://youtu.be/m6wMKprHV9c

  2. I was last fishing here, the Djoue Rapids, from the opposite (Brazzaville Congo) bank in the early 2000s. It used used to be pretty handy, mighty Goliath tigerfish territory forlocal subsistence and semi-sport fishermen of the two opposing cities, but not now.

    https://youtu.be/C57IL8mBOPg

    Easy to feel First World virtuous when you see such stuff, but, hey, when many of my own, much-smaller, British rivers are just as bad – people hit the park in hot weather, throw their empty water or cola bottles into or onto the grassy bank of a tiny, no-nothing stream they’ve just been sat getting some summer rays beside….

    Grateful De3ad flashback: “Flow river flow….”

    https://youtu.be/m6wMKprHV9c

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